Women's Empowerment

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UNDP steps up Afghan capacity ahead of major transitions

New York -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is strengthening its ability to support Afghanistan ahead of the expected withdrawal of international forces. We recognize that we are entering a totally new phase and we need to be prepared for what's coming," UNDP Associate Administrator Rebecamore

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Guidebook launched to promote women’s participation in politics

With women underrepresented in high level politics and decision-making the world over, a new Guidebook produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is showing political parties how they can begin to redress this imbalance by supportingmore

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Sierra Leone: Saturday courts tackle gender-based violence

Freetown, Sierra Leone – Survivors of sex- and gender-based violence in Sierra Leone are having their day in court, as the judiciary now sits on Saturdays in a critical first step towards clearing an estimated 700-case backlog. In the year since their inception in February 2011 the Saturday courtsmore

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New UNDP documentary shines light on political inequality in Thailand

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Royal Thai Government launched today March 8, International Women’s Day, The Glass Ceiling, a 30-minute documentary which depicts the challenges women face when seeking public office in Thailand, also addressing policy options to improvemore

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Rebeca Grynspan: Rural women want what we want

“Rural women want to have the freedom to choose a life that they value”. wrote Rebeca Grynspan, United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Chief during her Facebook chat on International Women’s Day. At UNDP’s office in New York, Ms. Grynspan replied to live questions coming in from aroundmore

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Breaking the glass ceiling in India

Women leaders confront gender inequality in India (UNDP INDIA) India has a rich history of women in positions of power, yet the country ranks 129 out of 146 countries on the Gender Inequality Index, and women in India face barriers at all levels in areas such as food insecurity and education. Tomore

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UNDP Boosts Support for Iraqi People

Baghdad - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it is boosting its partnership with the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi people. "We have tripled the number of our staff based in Iraq to 44 with further increases planned in the next year. Each and every one ofmore

South Sudan services must reach women and girls, UNDP chief says

Washington — The world’s newest country has made progress in delivering social services since it declared independence in July, but South Sudan has much work ahead and needs international support, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said.   “Vibrant economies needmore

Eritrea reducing maternal death, on track to achieve the MDGs

In the market town of Senafe, in southern Eritrea, Fethawi Berhane has just undergone three days of painful labor and complications during child birth that resulted in the death of her baby.  Despite the best efforts of a traditional birth attendant her child could not be saved.  Luckily Fethawimore

World leaders vow to fight poverty at UN Summit

(Photo: UNDP/Luis Pereira) World leaders vowed at the United Nations headquarters in New York to reduce global poverty, two-thirds into the 15-year global plan to achieve the more

Empowering women through literacy empowers us all

Photo: UNESCO, Bakary Emmanuel Daou Her story is the story of almost 800 million people. It’s a story about textbooks and teachers that never were. The schools were there for Lourença de Brito. She just couldn’t attend them. At an early age in the archipelago nation of Cape Verde,more

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Nepal: New voices speak through People's Constitution

Kathmandu — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a film documenting how the hopes and dreams of women, indigenous and disadvantaged groups in Nepal were fused into the country’s new constitution. ‘Voices from Below: Constitution Making in Nepal’ shows UNDP working with civilmore

Violence against women: Breaking the silence

Marily lost her legs in a terrorist attack in Medellin, Colombia. Despite this event she takes care of her 3 children.Violence against women during or after armed conflicts has been reported in every war zone. (Foto: UNDP/Hector Hernan Vanegas Ochoa) The International Day for the Eliminationmore

Burkina Faso to pursue its work to alleviate poverty

The platforms plays an essential role in alleviating poverty by liberating women from their long, arduous daily duties. Photo: UNDP The Government of Burkina Faso has decided to continue the experimental National Multifunctional Platform Program supported by the UNDP which began in 2000. The newmore

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